McDonald’s India-North and East Champions Sustainability: Turning Billboards into School Bags for a Brighter Future

Discover how the fast-food giant aligns its commitment to sustainability with positive community impact, fostering a lasting change in the fight against plastic pollution.

In its recent endeavor, McDonald’s India-North and East has transformed its out-of-home marketing materials into school bags for children. This eco-friendly initiative, developed and implemented in partnership with OMD India, aims to address the issue of plastic waste. 

As part of a broader global effort to combat plastic pollution, McDonald’s India-North and East is repurposing billboard vinyl, composed of non-biodegradable polymers, acknowledging its substantial contribution to the plastic waste crisis.

Reasons for this initiative

Rajeev Ranjan, Managing Director of McDonald’s India — North and East, emphasized, “Our commitment to sustainability revolves around maintaining clean communities, safeguarding the planet for future generations, and ensuring the long-term resilience of our business. We actively seek ways to minimize waste, adopt more sustainable materials, and simultaneously contribute meaningfully to communities. 

The transformation of billboard materials into school bags is a testament to our dedication to achieving these goals in an innovative and impactful manner. This initiative not only signifies a significant advancement in strengthening our sustainable practices but also underscores our commitment to making a positive and substantial impact within our communities.”

Anisha Iyer, CEO of the OMD India Team, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “As consumer mindsets increasingly shift towards a more conscious and purpose-driven approach, the focus on sustainability in advertising becomes more pronounced than ever. We view Happy Bags not just as a campaign but as a heartening step toward sustainable practices for McDonald’s. Reflecting the spirit of India, we are pleased to highlight the importance of innovative approaches to drive social and environmental impact.”

Teaming up with the NGO Child Survival India, McDonald’s has distributed over 2000 upcycled bags to children aged 5 to 18 years. This initiative presents a distinctive opportunity to bring joy and happiness to children who are genuinely in need. The bags feature a design that seamlessly combines functionality with vibrant aesthetics, serving as a practical asset for school-going children and a symbol of the positive change achievable through mindful, sustainable initiatives.


Beyond being a fascinating addition to school supplies and a unique utility for returning students, the program serves as a continual reminder of the positive outcomes achievable through intentional and sustained efforts. Through this endeavor, the brand advances its commitment to reducing waste and fostering a sustainable culture, thereby creating a lasting positive impact in the communities it serves.

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